Introduction to Litchfield, Illinois
Litchfield was formed due to the Terre Haute, Alton, and St. Louis Railroad. The railroad, which arrived in 1854, led to development and progress within Litchfield. The town was laid out in 1853, by Thomas Gray, the County Surveyor. J. M. McWilliams, who was the first inhabitant of Litchfield, arrived in January of 1854. The city was officially incorporated on April 4, 1856.
Litchfield and Nearby Attractions
- Sky-View Drive-In
- Beaver Dam State Park
- Lake Lou Yaeger Hike/Bike Trail
- Historic Route 66
- Shoal Creek Conservation Area
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
Things To Do In Litchfield
Litchfield has amenities for various types of recreational opportunities. Nearby museums include City Museum, Museum of Westward Expansion, and Missouri Historical Society Museum. The area has numerous parks including Walton Park, Echlin Park, Madison Park, Plummer Park, and Davis Park. Among the major attractions of Litchfield is the Blake Lowry Horse Camp, which has a huge campsite for horse owners. Sky-View Drive-In theater and Lake Lou Yaeger are also within the city. A great place to watch the American Bald Eagle is by Lake Lou Yaeger.
Air transportation is available from St. Louis Regional Airport.
Litchfield Higher Education
Lincoln Land Community College is in Litchfield. Colleges nearby are Lewis and Clark Community College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Greenville College.